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We have started reading our new book ‘Stick Man’ in Year 2 and after practicing reading through our story map with some great actions, we went on a hunt for Stick Man outdoors. We searched all over for the best ‘Stick Man’ sticks to create his body, arms, legs and super long nose! We love being outdoors exploring our environment and can’t wait to create our very own Stick Men next week.
We always think and talk about the weather when we come to school. Today we were delighted to explore the force of the wind, making flags and discovering the feel and the sound of the wind’s power.0 Comments
We are so lucky to have not only wonderful school grounds, but a fantastic new kitchen in the EYFS. Today we started the day by harvesting our very own potatoes which have been grown at school. We washed them ourselves, then followed a recipe to boil and mash them, adding other ingredients (weighing and measuring carefully) and mixing well. Our bread smelt fantastic as it baked, and we enjoyed sharing it for our snack the next day. We are farmers and chefs, and a family that cooks and eats together!
Year 2 have already had lots of fun finding out about materials this half term. Today we started to make our own crystals and watched how the salt dissolved in the warm water when it was stirred. We used salt, warm water, string, lollypop sticks and lots of spoons for stirring but we have to leave our mixtures over the weekend so hopefully when we come in next week we will see that beautiful colourful crystals have formed!0 Comments
This morning in science we were learning about the life cycles of different animals: mammals, amphibians, birds, insects and reptiles. Seriously good discussion, questions and use of prior knowledge from all children. Thrilled with the vocabulary the children were using, ‘evolution’, ‘genes’, ‘egg’, and ‘develop’ to name a few, and the quality of their explanations.
We popped up to the science garden to have a look in our solitary bee hive, where we have a few bee larvae developing. It was great to look through the viewing window and see how the bee has made her individual chambers for each egg. While we were up by the pond, it would have been rude not to check out our developing frogs during this lesson, so we spent some time watching our little friends!
We also remembered it had been exactly a week since we filled up the pond. We needed to do this as so much water had evaporated, leaving the concentration of potentially harmful chemicals higher than normal. The weather has continued to be warm, so we took a ruler with us and measured how much water had evaporated in just 7 days – a whopping 3.5cm!
Back in class, the children drew examples of the life cycles of a range of animals, with great accuracy! So proud of these boys and girls, they are incredible scientists.
We went on a leaf hunt this week in Year 2 and collected as many different types of leaves as we could find on the school grounds. Once we brought the leaves back to class, we used our iPads to research the tree or plant each leaf belonged to and wrote the information on our whiteboards. We found the most amazing leaves leaves, in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Science is so much fun!
Reception had a WONDERFUL day today at Church farm. We went on a tractor ride, fed alpacas and sheep, met geese and collected eggs from the hen house. Then we held some gorgeous guinea pigs! We enjoyed our lunch, then had a play in the park, and had great fun at the indoor beach and with the pedal tractors. We asked lots of good questions, and learnt such a lot! Have a look at our pictures.
The school pond is looking radiant in the sunshine on its first birthday! You might notice some thistles and bushy weeds and hunk they look scruffy, but these are very important habitats for invertebrates. These insects feed our frogs and will keep them in our pond for years to come.
The water plants we added last year are oxygenating the water as planned, and we now have hundreds of big fat tadpoles. The children just love watching them peacefully at break times. I fact, several groups of children have started lunch time nature clubs to protect the fauna and flora surrrounding the science garden.
In spite of the weather we had a lovely Eco club session today! We trimmed bulbs, so they will dry out more quickly, made plant pots from old newspapers and planted beans and peas. We even used some charcoal from one of our own campfires to draw wonderful pictures. Eloho named the charcoal “Nature’s crayons!”
Yet another lovely Eco Club session today! We made the most of our beautiful school grounds: being creative with environmental art, adding compost to help our potatoes grow, blowing bubbles, and even planting a horse chestnut tree which has been grown in school from a conker! We wonder how big it will grow…